Dinesh Malkani New India Head Of Cisco

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 02, 2014


Cisco has just announced the appointment of Dinesh Malkani as its new India head. The networking major has been going through some instability in the senior management over the last one year or so. In a recent move, the company’s President and Country Manager for India & SAARC region, Jeff White decided to step down. White moved to India last year replacing Naresh Wadhwa, who had spent almost fifteen years in Cisco.

Prior to taking up the new role, Malkani was Vice President, Sales, Cisco India & SAARC and in his new role, he will lead sales in India & SAARC, and will report to Irving Tan, President for Asia Pacific and Japan.

White stepped down due to personal reasons – as sources said, “he wanted to retuen to the US to be closer to his family.”

There have been some more restructuring in the senior management roles. Amit Phadnis, VP, Enterprise Networking Group will be the new India Site Leader replacing Surya Panditi who re-focuses his role as Senior VP and GM of the Service Provider Networking Group.

In addition, Cisco has moved VC Gopalratnam, Vice President, IT and CIO for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, to a newly created role as Chief of Strategy, Planning and Operations for Cisco India, according to a report.

Apart from the aforesaid members, who are now part of the leadership team, Wim Elfrink, Executive VP, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalization Officer, and Anil Menon, Senior Vice President, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, to accelerate customer success through a continued focus on innovation, technical expertise, and delivery excellence.

Globally, Cisco has been strong in the switching and router space but with technology shifting towards new areas such as cloud, mobility and big data analytics, the company has embarked on a transformation game plan towards IT services and solutions. Apart from the enterprise segment, the company is using these capabilities to get deals from the Governments, one of the biggest consumers of IT.

This comes even as Cisco’s India revenue declined 18% in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. But India is not the only country to record drop in first quarter revenues. Cisco’s emerging markets business declined 21% with Brazil down 25 per cent, Mexico down 18% India down 18 per cent, China down 18 per cent and Russia down 30 per cent.

The technology giant, which at present gets about 2 per cent of its global revenues of over $48 billion from India, expects the number to grow to 5 per cent over the next five years on the back of growing demand for cloud and networking services.

White was handpicked by John T Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco to take charge of the opportunities India. John T. Chambers, during his visit to India in April last year, had said that India was crucial to the company’s growth